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Old 10-02-2009, 03:21 PM   #1
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OK, this may be the first of many threads about combat gauze and I am proud to be the first to bring it to you.

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Combat gauze, an invention developed by the U.S. Army Institute of Surgical Research, was among the top technological innovations celebrated at the Army’s recent “Top Ten Great Inventions of 2008” event held in Crystal City, Va., this fall. The event celebrates the best technological advances in the Army, as recognized by the U.S. Army Materiel Command.
Gauze is a common medical device found in first aid kits across the country. But the Army’s version has a few tweaks. It is still inexpensive and lightweight, but it is doused with kaolin, a kind of clay known for the way it catalyzes the body’s clotting process. Ultimately it helps control bleeding and that’s why it made the list.

“It’s a hemostatic dressing, a very simple device, easy to use,” said Dr. Michael Dubick, from the Army Institute of Surgical Research. “The important thing is that unlike other products that have been deployed, this one will stop an arterial hemorrhage. It’s effective.”

Combat gauze is currently being used in both military and civilian communities.
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Along this same line there is another wound care product developed by AcryMed that came out of research on how crustaceans can loose a limb without loosing their life. AcryMed
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Interesting, sounds like it might be better than the Quick Clots I used to carry.
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Interesting, sounds like it might be better than the Quick Clots I used to carry.
It's one of the reasons that so many combat veterans are returning disabled rather than in body bags.
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The medics used this really cool burn gauze on me when I burnt my hand. They tore open the packet and mixed it, and it got cold. Had some meds in it and it really helped with pain and healing. Not sure what they called it, but wish I could get some for my first aid kit.
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OK, this may be the first of many threads about combat gauze and I am proud to be the first to bring it to you.

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Cool - old school. The gauze has kaolin in it. Clay. Wonder what's next - packing a wound with spider webs? Wonder if Roman foot soldiers ever used powdered clay as a wound dressing?
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